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Miguel's Top 10 Movies of 2003

Posted by miguel on 2004-01-21 18:59:33
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Ok, I'm going to give a huge apology right off the bat because I haven't seen the new Lord of the Rings movie yet (and I refuse to use the acronyms, LOTR: ROTK just seems so retard....WAIT I JUST USED THEM!). It would more than likely have shot up to the top 3 if I had the chance to view it, but I'm not about to include a movie on hearsay alone, no matter if 98% of the world's population think that it's more influential than the King James' Bible.

But lets forget Peter "Meet the Feebles" Jackson's fantastic movie for a moment and move on to

MIGUEL'S OFFICIAL TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2003 IN ORDER OF AWESOMENESS AND FREQUENCE OF BREASTASSES BEING SHOWN AND WITHOUT ANY JULIA ROBERTS OR MEG RYAN OR BEN AFFLECK..

10. X-MEN 2
Proof that Hollywood can still make a kickass action movie. Intelligent, fun and (gasp!) well written in its entirety and a movie that should have made more money than it did. Nightcrawler was very well portrayed as was Lady DeathStryke. I don't know if they can maintain this high level of sweetness, but you can bet your flaming ass X-MEN 3 is coming. This movie, along with The Rundown and Pirates of the Caribbean gives me hope for Tinseltown.

9. INFERNAL AFFAIRS
A nice little Asian gem. What happens when a cop is a gangster informant and a gangster is a police informant?

HIJINKS!!!

Actually, what you have is a smart, gritty police story, with all sorts of tension and crazy situations happening. Asia has been whooping ass in the horror and crime genres, and all Hollywood can do is remake them. WARNING, INFERNAL AFFAIRS already has a sequel and prequel out. Suspect Video, here I come.

8. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
Johnny Depp is just incredible. This movie is just incredible. Johnny Depp as a crazy weird quasi-pirate is incredibly just incredible. This movie reminded me of when I was young and I would watch those awesome Thundercats episodes where all these new characters came in and there was so much ass kicking and there was this old blind Ninja thundercat....BOOM SHAKALAKA!

7. BIG FISH
Great to see Tim Burton forget all about the sucktitude of Planet of the Apes and get right back on the wagon! This movie is vintage Burton, a modern fantasy with all sorts of whimsical, memorable characters and a unique visual style. Timmy's dark side is a bit subdued here, but there is still a strong sense of the macabre throughout the whole thing.

6. JU-ON: THE GRUDGE
Utterly confusing, a movie that at first I didn't much like. But this minimalist horror movie from Japan does so much with so little it's nothing short of amazing. My advice: don't worry about such sillyness as "plots" or "coherence", watch this in the dark and wear Depends.
And of course, there is going to be an American remake starring Buffy.

5. IRREVERSIBLE
Now it gets really hard to decide between the top 5. Irreversible, which I reviewed on this very website, is a movie that the more I think about, the more I admire. Difficult, challenging and shocking to be sure, but also undeniably brilliant. Noe's vision will be a blueprint for future film makers to follow.

4. CITY OF GOD
Think of this Brazillian movie like Pulp Fiction, but without funny little pop-culture references and a whole lot of little ghetto kids shooting the shit out of each other. Based on a true story, this is raw filmmaking that makes fucking shit like SWAT or BAD BOYS look like the glorified product placement campaigns that they are. Kickass funky soundtrack to boot.

3. 21 GRAMS
Amores Perros from the same director is awesome..this is better. It uses a jumping around perspective kind of like Amores Perros or Memento's (or Irreversible's) backwards flow. Initially confusing, but once you figure out what's going on you can't help but appreciate how natural, how right it was to tell the story this way. Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro are downright crunk. A very powerful, beautiful movie

2. LOST IN TRANSLATION
The greatest romantic comedy I have ever seen and one of the greatest love stories ever told on film period. A movie that for once doesn't treat its audience like 17 year olds with ADD. There are no precociously funny little kids, no crisis that the couple needs to go through before they get together, no excessive amounts of "witty" dialogue between the two leads.....just Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, two Americans in Tokyo who were lonely, homesick and slowly falling in love.

1. KILL BILL v1
I've already reviewed this. I'll just say that when I sat down in the theatre to watch this with Katie I already knew it would be good. But I didn't count on it being one of the most unique, fantastic movie experiences I have ever had.

Honourable Mentions: The Rundown, NARC, Dark Blue, Final Destination 2, Elephant.
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